The Nashville Predators (22-18-1) travel to face off against the Dallas Stars (24-11-5) on Friday, January 12th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and televised on ESPN+. The Stars are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Predators are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Ducks. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars
The Nashville Predators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As the 8th seed in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators have gone 22-18-1 overall this season. In the Central Division, they are in 4th place with a record of 7-4. On the road, Nashville has won two straight games and is 10-7-1 for the year.
Over their last ten games, the Predators have gone 4-6, and they are 1-2 in their last three. As the underdog, Nashville has gone 12-11-1 this season and 10-7 when favored. Heading into the game, the Predators have 45 points.
On the road this season, the Predators have a puck line record of 10-8, and their average scoring margin away from home is +.1 goals per game. So far, Nashville has been the underdog in 24 games, and their puck line record when in that spot is 16-8.
When looking at their last ten road games, the Predators have gone 7-3 against the puck line. Overall, Nashville has 11 wins by multiple goals compared to 13 losses by more than one goal.
Coming off a 5-3 loss at home to the Ducks, the Predators are hoping to bounce back today. In the first and second periods, the Predators couldn’t find the net on offense, but they managed to score three goals in the third period. In the game, the Nashville offense scored one time while short-handed and taking a total of 42 shots on goal.
Nashville went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 8 goals.
The Dallas Stars Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Stars are 13-7-2, and they have been favored in 37 of their 40 games. Over their last ten games, Dallas has gone 6-4, and they have won two straight games as the favorite. In the Western Conference, the Stars are in fourth place and have a record of 24-11-5.
Against Central Division opponents, Dallas has gone 10-5 this season, and they have gone 15-11 against other Western Conference teams. Over their last five games, the Stars have gone 2-3, and they have gone 2-1 in their last three games.
When favored, the Stars have an overall puck line record of 11-26, including going 3-7 against the puck line in their last ten home games. Dallas has 13 wins by just one goal this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +.7 goals per game.
So far, the Stars have gone 6-16 against the puck line at home, and their average scoring margin for the season is +.7 goals per game. Dallas has gone 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games and 2-3 in their last five.
The Stars most recently faced the Wild at home and achieved a 7-2 win. In every single period, the Stars’ offense scored a goal against the Wild. All seven goals came at even strength. They finished with 34 shots on goal and had 14 turnovers.
Dallas also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
Nashville Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Predators have an average of 3.1 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. Looking at how the Predators’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 13th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.
The Predators come in with an over/under record of 19-17-5. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.3 per game.
Dallas Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Stars come in averaging 3.7 goals per game this season, which is 3rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. In terms of the Stars’ offense during power plays, they are 16th in power play goals and 3rd in shorthanded goals.
For the season, the over/under record of the Stars’ stands at 26-14-0. They have had 26 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.
Nashville Team Defense
Defensively, the Predators come into the season ranked 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Nashville. For the season, they are ranked 9th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Dallas Team Defense
The Stars defense is currently 25th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against Dallas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 20th with 2 shutouts.
Predators vs Stars Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Predators have a straight up record of 8-2 while going 7-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Across their three previous home games, Dallas has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 4 goals per game.
- The last ten games that Dallas was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 8-2 while going 5-5 straight up.
- Going back to their previous three games as the favorite, Nashville has an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
When it comes to a straight moneyline bet, look no further than the Stars. Nevertheless, given the payout of -179, you could also think about incorporating this bet into a parlay.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Predators to cover. Even if the Stars secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Predators should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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